Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Little More on ISU Coaching Search

This time from HoopDirt, which lists some of the candidates for the job. While he omits Chris Jones, whose name appeared in a recent SL Tribune article, the post seems well researched and to have some solid connections.

Deane Martin – Current Interim Head Coach at Idaho State. Has a legit shot to have the interim tag removed. Ripped off four wins in a row before a loss on Monday to Montana. According to my source, AD Jeff Tingey has been impressed by how the team has responded to Martin.
I will admit as an outside observer, I would like to see Martin get the job. He seems like a personable guy, has been a grinder in the coaching ranks, and has proven this year that he can at least coach (don't know how well he recruits).

It will be a very interesting coaching search, and you have to be impressed at the homework ISU is doing to try and find the right man for the job.

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  1. Martin was the recruiting coordinator for UNLV, and he is credited for really opening up California - particularly the Bay Area - for the Rebels. I think he'd be a great choice, and his age makes him relatable to both the players, but also to the members of the community.

    When the University of Idaho was in the Big Sky, they had a great run with coaches in the 80's and 90's. They hired guys who were in their 20's and 30's (Larry Eustachey, Kermit Davis, Tim Floyd). Not only were they up and comers, but they were able to easily relate and attract with the players coming into a rural university.

    I haven't heard a peep out of the NAU coaching search. Anything at all coming from there?

  2. Yep, I think Martin would be a great choice for them, it almost seems a little crazy not to hire him based on what ISU has done this year. They were unanimously picked dead last, and started 1-10... and now they are in third place in the Big Sky. Amazing.

    I haven't heard anything either out of NAU... crazy how different that has been. We have heard a bunch out of ISU and different candidates they are looking at, while NAU, for all we know, hasn't really started their search.

    In a way, that helps explain the divergent paths each have taken this year. NAU just seems disorganized, starting with their choice for interim head coach.